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Vixen Chat: Mýa Talks New Album 'K.I.S.S,' Sex + Fitness

It’s been quite some time since the songstress graced the airwaves with her melodic sounds, even though she’s been taking beauty to the streets and kicking up a storm with her music in Japan. But in case you missed the memo, Grammy Award-winning singer Mýa, is back in action with her new LP K.I.S.S, giving everyone a dose of old school flavor with a new school twist. K.I.S.S cooks up a few techno and upbeat bangers with singles such as “Somebody Come Get This Bitch” and “Earthquake” featuring Trina finishing off with a few love songs and motivating hits exuding Mýa’s effortless and angelic sound. Expect an earful of hits followed by visuals later on this year. We haven’t seen her put her trained dancing skills to the test since Dancing With The Stars, but of course you didn’t expect a new album without seeing her dance up a storm in a new video, right?

It was 2007 when we last spoke with Mýa when she graced the cover of our Summer Beauty Issue wherein she gave us a close personal look into her love life, dishing on a few toxic relationships she stuck only to become liberated. Tapping her inner and outer sexy in the likes of Roberto Cavalli, Versace and Sergio Rossi, she served up a couple vogue-esque poses in the issue. Recently, Mýa revealed that we are in-sync besides our shared Libra sign, with a common love for Dolce & Gabbana and Giuseppe Zanotti designs which we love to step out on the town flaunting.

Like many women out there, she’s had her fair share of frogs and is still waiting for “Mr. Incredible” to sweep her off her feet with a kiss. But for now she’s keeping it sexy simple, still making sure that if she has 99 problems, a man ain’t one. In our recent chat with Mýa, the songstress discussed her new album, thoughts on the current music scene, advice she’d give to her younger self and how she manages to keep her incredible body fit. - Kamille Cooper

We’ve been rocking with you ever since you first dropped onto the scene with It’s All About Me, so of course we made it our mission to pick up your latest album K.I.S.S. What would you say is your inspiration behind K.I.S.S, and what role did you play in the artistic development of it?
K.I.S.S. was inspired by the place that I'm in right now in life, personally and professionally. It stands for "Keep It Sexy & Simple.” I don't care for excessive, unnecessary drama & negative energy. I function properly, feel better, do better, look better and treat others better when there's less clutter. Positive energy and attitude is sexy to me.

As the artist, I wrote, co-wrote, engineered and vocally produced a bulk of this album. As an executive producer, I scouted the producers, assembled & selected which songs made the cut, arranged the track listing and saw every process through from the mixing and mastering to the art direction, album layout and more.

What’s your favorite song(s) off the album?

Favorite Slow Jam: "Can I" produced by Snatch & Grab

Favorite Substance Record: "Evolve" produced by Lee Major

Favorite Club Banger: "Earthquake" featuring Trina produced by Young Yonny

“Mr. Incredible” is my favorite song. It reminds me of a chapter 2 of “My First Night with You.”Considering that it's V-Day, I have to ask: do you have a “Mr. Incredible” in your life right now?
Aww, Valentine's Day. I'll be digitally making K.I.S.S. available worldwide via iTunes today. No "Mr. Incredible" at the moment. Miss Mya is still single.

What would you tell your less experienced self about sex, love and being sexy?
Sex is sex, an act of physical pleasure and exchange, hopefully. Sex is natural, sometimes embraced and often shunned, but it comes with great responsibility. DO NOT get the act of sex and feelings of lust confused with love. DO NOT create pie in the sky expectations because you choose to cross the line. Sex with self is always another option [Laughs].

Love is internal, eternal, infinite and unconditional. True love has no selfish, hidden agenda. Love is patient, accepting and forgiving even when love doesn't agree. Love can transform the word "sex" into "making love," when a greater dimension is experienced and when two become one.

Being sexy to me is possessing the full package. The brains, the drive, inner confidence, spiritual foundation, a positive attitude, proceeding through obstacles, making a positive contribution to the world and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Let’s talk a little about your fitness routine because you have a nicely toned body many of us would die for. What kind of fitness tips and advice can you suggest?
Cardio is great. Elliptical, treadmill, biking and swimming, but that can be so boring. I find myself taking the stairs versus the elevator, when I can't necessarily get to a gym. But I think keeping it fun, so it doesn't feel like such a task, is where us ladies can feel motivated and be consistent. Grab a girlfriend or two, take a Zumba class, a pole class, go roller-skating. Have a girl’s night and play some Wii [fitness games], if the gym is not your deal. You'd be surprised on how things tone up from simple fun.

How about the Master Cleanse? How effective is that in helping someone shed a few pounds?
The master cleanse is not for everyone and can be very dangerous. I'd suggest getting a professional nutritionist to create a meal plan based on their body and lifestyle. 

How do you maintain such flawless skin? I’m sure it has a lot to do with diet?
H20 is essential. There's absolutely no soda in my diet. Lots of fruits and vegetables, and I stay away from fried foods. Basic skin care is secondary.

Lastly, what do you think makes a Vixen?
A Vixen possesses confidence--quiet or loud. Her inner fire speaks volumes on the outside.

Be sure to pick up "K.I.S.S" and Mya's latest single "Mess Up My Hair" on iTunes HERE

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In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

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Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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